OTTAWA -- The fact Aaron Driver was able to plan a terrorist attack with explosives while under a peace bond has ignited debate about whether the court-ordered tool is an effective means of controlling radicalized people.

Peace bonds have been touted as a means for police to contain the threat from someone with jihadist sympathies when their behaviour falls short of the threshold for a criminal charge.

Under the terms of his peace bond, Driver was prohibited from using a computer or cellphone at his Strathroy, Ont., residence.

The RCMP candidly acknowledge Driver was not under constant surveillance and that only a tip from U.S. authorities alerted them to his plans.

He died in a confrontation with police Wednesday after climbing into a waiting taxi.

Phil Gurski, a former intelligence analyst who specializes in counter-radicalization efforts, says Canada needs a mature, reasoned debate about what tools security organizations require.